|Under the amended Labour Code, female workers can take maternity leave of up to six months..—VNS/Photo/laodong.com.vn
HA NOI (VNS)—The amended Labour Code, which goes into effect this month, permits employees to take a six-month maternity leave but leaves the minimum wage unchanged.
Since enterprises will likely continue struggling in terms of production and business both this year and next year, raising the minimum wage now to meet the minimum living demands of workers could force them into bankruptcy, particularly in the textile and garment and footwear sectors, said Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Pham Thi Hai Chuyen.
However, she added that the minimum wage would be adjusted to meet workers' minimum living costs by 2016 or 2017.
The amended Labour Code regulates that payment for extra working hours at night must be higher than overtime wages during the day.
Nguyen Pham Hai, a worker in an industrial park in Bac Ninh Province, said this was reasonable, as working at night was bad for workers' health and the overtime wages would provide a much-needed contribution to their income.
Under the amended Labour Code, female workers can take maternity leave of up to six months. Female workers welcomed the new regulation.
Nguyen Thanh Trang, a worker in Ha Noi's Dong Da District, said a six-month maternity leave would improve not only mothers' health but also that of their babies, as it would mean the infants could breast feed for a longer period.
It would also allow them to save money since they would not have to pay for childcare or powdered milk, she added.
The amended code also changes regulations on labour contracts, working time and break time and negotiation mechanisms between employees and employers.
Workers suggested that a management mechanism be introduced to ensure that the new regulations were effectively implemented.— VNS